Duration: 16:39 min
Three ways to Escape video tells the story of three Afghan men who have applied asylum from Finland. Amir has received residence permit, Reza is waiting deportation in a detention center and Hadi is waiting for his asylum decision and info about his future in a refugee reception center. The three intertwined stories illustrate the randomness of asylum processes and the the atmosphere in the reception centers, where time seems to have frozen.
“I’ve been a refugee for five years, in east and west, in Russia, in Europe and in Asia. All the time moving from one place to another, only hoping for a better future: to be able to live somewhere in peace. I’ve been through a lot of hardship in Afghanistan and elsewhere, but I have never before been in a prison except in Europe. Only in EU countries I’ve been many times in prison, in Switzerland and in Finland.”
In Metsälä detention center, Helsinki, 22nd of November 2011